Xantrex Xpower Powerpack 600HD and Powerpack 300 emergency power supplies.Having the biggest and brightest monitor is all well and good, but in an emergency situation, it won’t help much. I know, I’ve been hunkered down during a hurricane, listening to a friend whine about how much Warcraft he was missing out on. While I could care less if my friend’s Rogue or Warlock lost out on sweet experience points because our roof was busy blowing away, I do know that there are a few products from Xantrex that I wish I’d had when that storm rolled in. Don’t make my mistake: read the rest of this important blog, and get the equipment you’ll need to prepare yourself for the next disaster (natural or otherwise) that threatens your neck of the woods.

Xantrex does power supplies. All kinds—from simple back up PSU systems to portable emergency preparedness (to be henceforth called e-prep, to spare my delicate typing hands) devices that can mean the difference between a minor setback and a world of misery, should the unthinkable occur.

The first is the Xantrex Xpower Powerpack 600HD. It derives its power from a rechargeable, sealed Lead Acid battery. The Heavy-duty XPower Powerpack 600HD delivers 600 watts of portable AC power. It can generate up to 480 watts of continuous power or 600 watts for 5 minutes. It’s also got jumper cables you can attach quickly and easily, and can provide 960 watts of surge power, though it’s doubtful you’re going to get too many jumps like that out of a single charging session. There’s three 115-volt AC outlets, that let you get to that power quickly.

It’s the other features that set these two portable power sources apart. The 600HD has an incandescent bulb affixed to the front, just below the easy-carry handle. This will make it easy to see what you are doing in a power outage (emergency or not). The on-board radio is another e-prep essential. In times of local or widespread strife, the radio is often the only source of information. Safe drinking water, shelter, and other public services are often announced at an almost constant rate over this medium.

The Powerpack 600HD has an adapter so you can run car or truck based equipment as well. Anything that plugs into your cigarette lighter is covered. You can even charge the Powerpack 600HD that way—but my advice is to turn the car on first. Other handy features like the diagnostic display that keeps you aware of how much power you have left is a nice touch as well.

The Xantrex Xpower Powerpack 300 is smaller than the 600HD, but is still an indispensable item in emergency situations. It can put out a continuous supply of 240 watts and a blast of 300 watts for 5 minutes. It has a rechargeable, removable flashlight, which is handy if you need to travel away from the Powerpack 300 in the dark. It has only one 115 watt outlet, and lacks the Powerpack 600HD’s radio, but has jumper cables built right in. It also has the car adapter option found on its larger cousin.

The Powerpack 300 has something the 600HD does not have: an air compressor. That’s right, you can fill tires, air mattresses, and even inflatable rafts and pool toys (not everything has to be an emergency, people.) via an opposable hose and locking valve. Several different sized air pins are also included.

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